Every Artist Needs a Self-Written Library

Notebooks I use to record my library.

I have become a true documentarian. I try to record as many of my interesting thoughts as I can.

I think this habit is hereditary. My paternal grandmother also kept a massive filing system. She read the newspaper from cover-to-cover each morning, took notes in the margins, and saved clippings that interested her. This was just the beginning of her documented life.

I use two kinds of notebooks to record my work.

First, I use A3 portfolios from eco eco to record information I glean from podcasts, audiobooks, music, and academic courses I find on Wondrium. I take notes and write reflections on large sheets of heavy-weight Canson paper using colored pens and washi-tape, and then I store them in the portfolios moving from back to front. I probably have about 20 of these notebooks, each on a different subject.

Second, I use Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks to record personal reflections and activities. I also keep a calendar of my planned activities in a Leuchtturm academic planner.

These notes eventually inspire academic essays or creative writing pieces that are stored in a final digital form. Visual and tactile art pieces are also generated and kept in in eco eco portfolios or in some other storage format.

I call the whole of the output of my personally-produced library the Spielpresse.

I find it very satisfying and comforting to turn my never-ending curiosity and thought into concrete pieces of written art.